Spuds – Under Organic Mulch vs. in the Soil

Project Overview

FNE00-295
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2000: $1,265.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: West Virginia
Project Leader:
Sue Cosgrove
LeeJun Farm

Commodities

  • Agronomic: potatoes, rye

Practices

  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Pest Management: cultural control

    Proposal summary:

    This project will compare potato production when planted conventionally in the soil and when planted under organic mulch on top of the soil. Labor, time, yield, and the incidence of wireworm damage will be compared to determine if this labor-intensive crop can be grown more efficiently.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.